59th Staffordshire division

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  1. My grandad fought in this division, has anyone got any information on where they fought, served etc, any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. The 59th (Staffordshire) Division was a Territorial Army Division. Reconstituted on 21 August 1939 as a duplicate of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division. Having been kept in Britain until mid-1944, the division's lead units landed in Normandy as part of the Second Army on 26 June. It fought in this campaign until 18 August 1944 when, due to the severe casualties suffered by other British units, it was disbanded as the most junior of the divisions in Normandy and it's men used as badly needed reinforcements for the rest of the Second Army.

    Order of Battle

    This is the division's order of battle at the time of its disbandment on 18 August 1944.

    176th Infantry Brigade
    7th Bn, The Royal Norfolk Regiment
    7th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regiment
    6th Bn, The North Staffordshire Regiment

    177th Infantry Brigade
    5th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regt.
    1/6th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regt.
    2/6th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regt.

    197th Infantry Brigade
    2/5th Bn, The Lancashire Fusiliers
    5th Bn, The East Lancashire Regiment
    1/7th Bn, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

    Support Units
    7th Battalion, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
    59th Recce Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps
    61st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
    110th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
    116th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
    68th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
    509th Field Company, Royal Engineers
    510th Field Company, Royal Engineers
    257th Field Company, Royal Engineers

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  3. Cheers, thats brilliant